Car accidents are the leading cause of traumatic brain injury. In fact, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, car accidents are responsible for nearly 300,000 of the 1.7 million traumatic brain injuries that occur annually. These types of damages are so common after car accidents because unlike other body parts that are strapped in by a seat belt, the neck and head are thrown and jolted around as a result of the impact from the collision. Sometimes a victim's head may even hit a hard surface such as the steering wheel or broken glass. Head injuries after an accident can leave victims facing life-altering challenges. Some of which may include:
- Hearing and vision problems
- Memory loss
- Permanent brain damage
- Mood changes
- Medical bills
- Lost wages
Can I Prevent Car Accident-Related TBI?
Although there is no way to prevent sustaining TBI from a motor vehicle accident directly, there are ways to indirectly prevent these injuries by enhancing vehicle safety. Here are some tips to remember next time you are behind the wheel:
- Never drive after consuming alcohol or using drugs.
- Always properly wear a seatbelt, no matter how long the trip is—also, hold passengers accountable for wearing their seatbelts too.
- Ensuring children are buckled up in their appropriate booster seats, car seats, or seat belts. Kids who are younger than 12 should be seated in the back seat.
- Understanding your state's graduated driver's license laws and considering using tools to help if you are parenting a teen driver.
Contact an Attorney
Consider working with an attorney if you or someone you know has experienced TBI after a car accident. You may be owed financial compensation and deserve the right to seek fair justice. Here at Christiansen Trial Lawyers, we have the skill and experience you need on your side to fight for your rights, and we are dedicated to guiding you through the process. You're Not alone.
Contact our firm today at (702) 357-9977 or visit us online to schedule your free case review with one of our trust attorneys. We want to help you.